Nuclear Matinee: Alphas and Neutrons Meet the Atomic Nucleus

Decades of nuclear science in just two minutes! This dramatic video takes the viewer inside the world of atomic particles, describing a rather important difference between the encounters of alpha particles and neutrons when scientists direct them at heavy atomic nuclei. The scientist referred to in the video is Leo Szilard, who conceived the possibility of a nuclear “chain reaction” among many other important scientific achievements. This nuclear chain reaction is quite a ride— so enjoy!

2 thoughts on “Nuclear Matinee: Alphas and Neutrons Meet the Atomic Nucleus

  1. James Greenidge

    I like how the nucleus quivers and wiggles like jello! :)

    James Greenidge
    Queens NY

  2. Dan

    Good show! One small nit to pick — most of the released energy appears in the kinetic energy fission products — but in the video they are shown as being stationary after the fission event. How to fix? Dunno.